Fulbe Group Laments Killing Of Pastoralists In Taraba, Kaduna, Others

Fulbe Group Laments Killing Of Pastoralists In Taraba, Kaduna, Others
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A group, the Fulbe Global Development and Rights Initiative (FGDRI), has lamented the killing of pastoralists in Kaduna and Taraba states, saying it is a prelude to genocide.


According to a statement made available to New National Star in Abuja, Wednesday, signed by President General of FGDRI, Salim Musa Umar, there is need for urgent intervention by government to save the situation.


The statement reads: “In the last few days, the media is flooded with images of innocent Fulbe pastoralists butchered and maimed in Taraba and Kaduna states. The Fulbe Global Development and Rights Initiative (FGDRI) is distressed by these rampant pogroms, especially the most recent ones that took place at Bali in

Taraba and BirninGwari in Kaduna states.


“In Bali local council, unsuspecting pastoralists were lured into a deceptive meeting by an armed vigilante group, but ended up being defenselessly attacked and mercilessly massacred by these criminals masquerading as community vigilante group. According to reports, twelve (12) pastoralists were shot dead and many sustained life threatening injuries by these AK47-wielding armed criminals.


“Sadly, this terror occurred barely four days after two pastoralists were forcefully snatched from the police and lynched in Birnin Gwari LGA of Kaduna State. It is frightening to observe that the current killings are not isolated incidences. They are only examples of years of sustained pattern of elimination, annihilation and ethnic cleansing of Fulbe herding communities in various states of the federation.


“Recall that over a thousand Fulbe pastoralists were massacred in Mambilla in 2017 in the same Taraba state, while hundreds of women and children were butchered in 2018 in Numan, Adamawa state, all without punitive measures taken by the authorities.